My 3 year old hasn’t had a bath in about a month, and the 1 year old hasn’t had a bath in at least two months. I honestly can’t remember the last time they bathed.
My 3 year old’s reason is sheer obstinancy, but the little guy is just plain scared. The last few times he had been in the tub, he slipped and slid around a bit. We have a bumpy bath mat, but it doesn’t seem to help him much. In fact, last time I cleaned the tub, the mat itself slid from under his feet.
Today we finished dinner early. We had bratwurst, corn, and peas. Miracle of miracles, both boys cleared their plates and ate an additional mini blueberry bagel.
We read some books on the couch, and Mr. 3 started breathing funny. I asked him what was wrong, and he said he was sleepy but wanted to read 2 more books. It was only 6:45! I read the stories and decided it was now or never to take a bath.
I have never taken a bath with the boys before but I decided it was worth a try. I filled the tub with a few inches of water and put on a bathing suit. I got into the tub and realized I hadn’t taken the little one’s clothes off.
It’s a good thing my husband is there to pick up my slack.
The three year old starts tearing off his clothes and shouts, “I want to take a bath, too!”
We then spend the next 30 minutes drawing with bath crayons. Mr.1 sat on my lap the whole time with barely his butt and feet in the water. He was starting to get more comfortable near the end as he would stretch out to put the crayons on the soap dish.
I even managed to rub Mr. 1 with a soapy washcloth. Mr. 3 insisted on washing himself.
My husband came when I called and dried Mr.1 and put him in fresh pajamas. Mr. 3 wanted to keep playing a little while.
This worked out well. Unfortunately, it was very uncomfortable for my knees. See you in two months, bathtub!